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Robust web browsing

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Web browsing got kicked up a notch with a variety of enhancements to Google Chrome. Let's take a look at some of them on the tablet. From the Home screen, I'll tap the Google collection and then tab Chrome. The first thing you'll probably notice is the effect Project Butter has had on Chrome. As I add a couple of tabs and then remove them, notice how smooth the animation transitions are. Let me open up the lynda.com site for my most visited list.

Robust web browsing

Web browsing got kicked up a notch with a variety of enhancements to Google Chrome. Let's take a look at some of them on the tablet. From the Home screen, I'll tap the Google collection and then tab Chrome. The first thing you'll probably notice is the effect Project Butter has had on Chrome. As I add a couple of tabs and then remove them, notice how smooth the animation transitions are. Let me open up the lynda.com site for my most visited list.

I'll also open up another tab, and then choose NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, known to Astronomy Geeks as APOD. Now that I have three tabs open, I can demonstrate the new swipe technique for navigating between tabs. I'll start on one side of the screen, outside of the website windows, and then swipe across. As I do the tab switch. I can go part of the way to move to the next tab, and then if I do it again first tab. Or going back the other way, I can swipe quickly across the entire screen, and go to my last tab. This Jelly Bean enhancement really speeds up web browsing.

Voice search has been integrated into chrome for Jelly Bean. Let me demonstrate. I'll click the microphone and then ask for the w3c website, w3c.org. And there's my listing, and when I click on it, comes up right away. You can also browse the web without leaving a trace, via the Incognito tab option, from Settings. So I'll click Settings here, and then click New Incognito tab.

Despite the menu entry, it actually opens up a whole new window, and once you're on the Incognito window, any site you visit will not be recorded in your browser or search history. Note the cloak and dagger dude in the upper left corner. This indicates that it's an Incognito Window. So let's go to an appropriate site. So I entered cia.gov, and it first goes to the cia.gov mobile site. But what if I wanted to see the full site? Well, let me click Settings again, and then I can choose Request desktop site, and you can see the browser working, and it's gone back out to pick up cia.gov, and there is a complete cia.gov site, ready for your undercover browsing.

You'll browse faster, smoother, and smarter, with the Jelly Bean upgrades in Chrome.

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